|Free Access to National Academies Press Reports in Developing Countries|
Frequently Asked Questions
Individuals from certain countries receive free access to PDFs based on their computer’s IP address.
When you go on-line, the computer that you are using is assigned an IP address, which can be translated to determine whether you should have free access.
Web site visitors will be able to use the National Academies Press Web site like anyone else. Once an eligible individual views a catalog or Openbook page the format changes. Along the right side of the screen they will see a "Sign In" button and note explaining that they can access the report for free.
The picture below depicts what a visitor from Albania would see if they were viewing page three in the Openbook of the Evaluation of Voluntary National Tests, Year 2 report.
Someone who is not eligible for free access would not see a "Sign In" button or note. Instead, the visitor will be presented with several "Buy It" buttons, as shown below.
Once eligible individuals click the "Sign In" button, a questionnaire is displayed requiring them to enter their email address, profession and whether they will be reading the book for work or personal pleasure.
After completing the questionnaire they are returned to the page they were viewing and can press the "Get It" button to download the chapter(s) or entire book.
The picture below shows the two "Get It" buttons that eligible individuals see after completing the questionnaire.
If an individual has an e-mail account with a company in the UK or another developed country, that does not mean they will not be able to access the free PDFs. An IP address is not assigned based on where your email account is located.
For example, you could sign up for a Yahoo! UK e-mail account today, but your IP address would still be based in the United States. Similarly, an individual can have a UK based e-mail address and still be recognized as being from a developing country.A long shot: Meets the criteria, but denied free access
Is there a chance that someone in Africa could end up with a UK based IP address or another IP address that would cause them to be denied access to the free reports? Yes, but the odds are slim.
When a person accesses the World Wide Web, their modem will dial a local Internet Service Provider (ISP). The local ISP assigns the person an IP address. The key here is that the ISP is local. In the earlier example of signing up for a Yahoo! UK e-mail address, if you wanted to obtain a UK IP address, you would have to place an international phone call to a service provider in the UK. Then you would be assigned a UK IP address.International travel will effect access!
Travel may affect an individual’s ability to access free PDFs. If you were on travel in the UK and you accessed the Internet using a hotel connection for example, you would not be able to access the PDFs for free because you would be assigned a UK IP address. Once you returned to your home country and connected to the Internet using your local ISP, you would once again be eligible to access free PDFs.